Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged… and here’s something to blog about. From the site censusnoreligion.org.au: Many people in Australia are born into religion but no longer practice or hold the same beliefs. On the 2016 census, the opportunity to choose ‘No religion’ is now at the top of the list, giving people the chance to consider their answer first. Accurate census data helps policy makers & political leaders make all sorts of planning and funding decisions. So… Read more

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It’s been a very busy week with the Perth International Arts Festival (join the Patreon and see the Home event content, including Tim Minchin!) – and now the Perth Writers Festival! With a marathon-style live three hour show yesterday and a sprinkling of interviews prior to the event, I’ve collected a range of content and put it into one podcast – authors on science, art, blogging, fantasy, humour and more: Token Skeptic Special Episode – 2016 Perth Writers Festival It’s… Read more

For those outside of Australia, you might not be aware about the issues surrounding Cardinal Pell and why many in this country wish for him to return from Rome. George Pell AC is an Australian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the inaugural and current Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy for about two years now. His heart condition and resulting ill health was judged serious enough to prevent air travel from Italy to Australia to appear before… Read more

I’m kind of surprised that some other local podcasts haven’t been doing this more, but I’ve had a number of opportunities to speak to people as a part of the Perth International Arts Festival and the Fringe Festival… so why not organise them all together in a few special episode podcasts? So, here’s what’s been uploaded recently, with huge thanks as always to RTRFM and the Patreons who pay for the podcast hosting: Token Skeptic Episode #212: On PhD’s In Anti-Science And… Read more

It’s kind of obvious (well, in case you missed it – this is Patheos…) that I have a tendency to see local Fringe and PIAF shows that are supportive of science, skepticism, atheism, philosophy, literary, freethinking, secularism and so forth. If someone’s dressed as Jane Austen or Darwin (or both – I keep hoping!) – or points out that religious extremism has a funny side, as well as making you think about the unfunny elements and what positive things could… Read more

Of course there’s a few rumours about hoaxes, because – let’s face it – nothing works like a hoax for a bit of clickbait. But the news has been confirmed by a number of sources, including the official ones and that of his family. Here’s a few memories from visiting the David Bowie Is exhibition in Melbourne, at the end of last year. I had a small amount of time in transit, and used it to visit a favourite bookstore… Read more

So, Perth talkback radio station 6PR interviewed a notorious anti-vaxxer on Australian Perth radio this morning, in regards to the newly implemented No Jab, No Pay legislation. It wasn’t good. If you missed what No Jab, No Pay involves – here’s a summary. So despite many of us feeling… …I’m wholly unsurprised, because if you’ve got radio producers who are pressed for time (especially during these odd seasons, when usually they’ll do some good research when it’s not a public holiday)… Read more

I’ve been looking over my calendar for early 2016, adding events and plans, and it’s led me to check back over the past 12 months of achievements and activities… and there’s been a lot! From the very beginning of 2015, it’s been a mass of radio shows, podcasts, fringe events and big events, travel and work. Focusing my energies on projects and events that reach a broader demographic (rather than wasting time and even hard-earned money preaching to what can… Read more

A couple of things: Survey! This is just a fairly general demographic survey, to help improve both the Urban Legendary and Token Skeptic podcasts, and also to get some useful demographic and broadcasting information that I’ll pass onto other podcasting groups on Facebook. Here’s the address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FVMQRWD I’ll close it mid-January, but until then, please pass on the link and fill it in if you so wish. And another podcast episode for December: Urban Legendary #14! The winners of the 2015 Prime… Read more

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